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Alina Medforth-Mills, wife of former Prince Nicholas of Romania, added a traditional Romanian embroidered hatband to her casual sun hat by French brand Maison Michel for a visit to Transylvania this week.
Several new millinery designs caught my eye:
Textured black straw saucer with ecru bows by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
Red button percher with ruffle and silk abaca rose by American milliner Inna Walker
Chic grey straw cloche with delicate silk floral and veil trim by German brand Malinè
Vibrant circles of feathers completely covering this percher by UK milliner Marie-anne Talbott
White parisisal beret percher with palest pastel rainbow feather trim by UK milliner Georgina Blyth
Beautifully shaped and patterned sun hat in classic cream and navy by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir

Striking angular shape on this navy felt trilby with orange feathers & hatband by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Pink and red chinoiserie button percher with statement bow by American milliner Nicky Miller
Lovely detail on this green layered silk organza rose headpiece by UK milliner Judy Bentick
For our dear gents, a handsome fedora in moltofino Milan straw with silk hatband by German milliner Nicky Marquardt
Lilac straw saucer with pearl edge, silk wisteria flowers and flying bow by Irish brand Marc Millinery
Ivory straw brimmed hat with cascade of delicate butterflies by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Such creative shape and use of colour on this felt headpiece by UK brand blackmore hats (recently awarded the Craftmanship Award in the 2020 Feltmakers Design Awards)
Black and white ruffled crin hat with button crown by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Ruby pink straw vertical saucer with yellow stamen feather flowers by British milliner Juliette Botterill
Ecru straw boater with feather hatband and handpainted brim by Spanish designer Lidya Diaz
Absolutely perfect shades of blue on this breezy Panama straw fedora by Dutch milliner Pauline Bisscheroux
Fantastic grey patterned percher with statement hand-dyed ombre straw orchid by French milliner Sylvia Martinez

Members of the Greek royal family enjoying time together on the island of Spetses

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This Week’s Extras

Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and Mr. Jérôme D’Ambrosio were civilly married in Monaco this week. The bride’s mother, Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen, shared photos of the ceremony and following lunch, for which British milliner Stephen Jones made hats for all of the guests (he also made the bride’s headpiece).
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My beloved daughter Eleonore just married Jerome D'Ambrosio, my fantastic new son in law in an intimate ceremony in at the Mairie of Monaco, observing all the restrictions of social distancing, followed by a very cosy lunch that was organised at a beautiful property belonging to a dear old friend in Cap d'antillbes. It was such a lovely day, such a precious moment with so much love in the air! A whole collection of hats was produced my world class milliner Stephen Jones for all of us! The happy couple are "Je ne sais où!" on a short honeymoon before Jerome has to go to Berlin for the next series of Formula E races as the season finally is about to start! Bless them both for all the love that they shared with only direct familly and a few close friends from Monaco. No one flew in, no one came from afar... but the match was made in heaven! @eleonorehabsburg @jeromedambrosio @fhabsburg62 @mareymann @stephenjonesmillinery 📷 @luc_castel Ferdinand and me!

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Adore the graphic black & white hatband and bow on this fuchsia straw fedora by US brand Lifted Millinery
A happy sight- lots of colourful Panama straw sun hats by British milliner Amy Morris-Adams
Black, grey and cream twisted silk abaca flying bow headpiece by Polish milliner Marta Ruta
Statement pink ombre feather waved percher with quill by Irish Milliner Aoife Harrison
Stunning black trilby with transparent dotted brim by London-based milliner Rafa Peinador

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Glorious social media that has allowed me to meet, to know and to work with such an amazing human being and talented artist. @marabarros I love you 😍 #picoftheday #uniquehat #rafapeinador #hat #hats #modernmillinery #bedpokefashion #redcarpetstyle #coolfashion #milliner #millinery #millinerycouture #stylist #styleblog #headpiece #racingfashion #sombrero #racewear #butterfly #instafashion #fashionhat #hampersanddiamonds #fashionstylist #uniquehat #couture #uniqueart #vogueteam Facebook: rafa peinador Twitter: @rafa_peinador Etsy: Posted @withregram • @marabarros Las redes sociales les sirven a algunos para vomitar su odio, protegidos por el anonimato o el hecho de no tenerte en frente. A mí me sirven para promocionar mis trabajos, para sentirme más cerca de vosotros y para conectar con gente que, de otro modo, muy probablemente ni conocería. No sé cómo di con su perfil pero sé que le escribí admirando su trabajo y confesándole las ganas que tenia de trabajar con él. Y me respondió. Y su respuesta fue una grata sorpresa porque me contó que a veces trabajaba por encargo pero que otras se le antojaba hacer una pieza única. Así que me pidió que le hablase de mí... Menuda cosa fue a decirme!! Le hablé de mis padres, del mar onubense, de mis miedos, mis sueños, mis fobias y el objetivo por el que llevo luchando desde que tengo uso de razón: SER LIBRE. La conexión fue inmediata y me envió 4 increíbles bocetos, a cual más hermoso, pero es cierto que este sombrero me enamoró. Gracias, @rafa_peinador por tan hermoso regalo, gracias por escucharme y captar mi esencia a la perfección, gracias por aparecer en mi vida. Nunca te he visto pero, ya sabes, ya te quiero! Benditas redes sociales!! • • • Sombrero: @rafa_peinador Blazer: Brazalete: @roselindeaccessories Pendientes: @noc.atelier Fotografía: @jesusmayorga.estudio #madrid #londres #diseño

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Floral teardrop percher with bright crin bow by Australian milliner Brea Moreland
Sleek straw brimmed hats in striking shapes in red and in white by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Lovely draping on this brimless blue felt design by British milliner Ana Espina
Natural straw button percher with black crin and feathers by British milliner Georgina Blyth
Easy, breezy taupe and sky blue straw trilby with striped hatband by Dutch milliner Martine Verstraeten
Wonderful folded ribbon trim on this red percher by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald

Creative shape on this mulberry straw percher with vertical bow by Irish brand Wendy Louise Designs
Sharp merlot felt fedora with gold foil honeycomb button trim by American milliner Karen Morris
Love the handmade South American flowers on this blue button percher by UK brand NDLQ Millinery
Painterly monochrome silk floral trim on this white straw picture hat by American milliner Lisa Shaub
Rust felt teardrop percher with black crin and a colourful feathers by Australian milliner Rachel Cockrell
Beautiful texture and pattern on this natural straw sunhat with black hatband and brim binding by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

A fascinating look at what it took to dress in the 18th century
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Have you ever wondered what all goes into dressing in those big, fancy eighteenth-century dresses? What did Madame de Pompadour wear, and what were all the layers of her Rococo dress? In this video Lauren demonstrates getting dressed in a Robe a la Francaise, or sacque, gown, accurate to the period of c. 1750 to 1770. . This gown was made using Simplicity 8578 and The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking. Both are available here: . #historical #historicalcostume #costume #costumedesign #costumedesigner #sewing #dress #americanduchess #historiccostume #fashion #oldfashioned⁠ #georgian #18thcentury #1700s #1770s #1780s #1790s #georgianfashion #georgiandress #historicalcosplay #marieantoinette ⁠

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Trio of sweet photos: Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie cuddling Prince Charles; Prince Felix’s family surrounding him to celebrate his 18th birthday; and Eloise van Oranje with her mum, Princess Laurentien

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Lovely to see the Duke of Edinburgh this week
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Today, The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of @rifles_regiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House. . The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953, and today, they are the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army. . The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band. . The Duke was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the Regiment, before the Buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call, marking HRH’s final ceremony as The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief. . At Highgrove House, The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by a Bugle call, and was welcomed by the Regiment’s Colonel Commandant as The Rifles’ new Colonel-in-Chief. . The Duchess has close links with the Regiment, and has served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.

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While feathers and flowers can turn a hat from bland to brilliant, less common millinery trims are always lovely to see on a royal hat. Take knots, for instance, which give texture, movement and interest in a more streamlined way. Dearest readers: which royal hats can you recall that are bedecked with a knot?  No bows please- just knots!

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This Week’s Extras

The Prince of Wales attended the Graduation Ceremony of the Queen’s Squadron as the Reviewing Officer at RAFC Cranwell on Thursday in his role of Marshal of The Royal Air Force.
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Two housekeeping items- The Index of Royal Milliners has been reorganized by country (the country each milliner currently works from). The Retrospectives page has been updated with all of our recent Ascot posts- I suspect Queen Mathilde will debut a new hat on Tuesday for Belgian National Day and some of you might want to look back at all of her past National Day looks in anticipation of this. 
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Fun pink straw hat with grey-bound split brim and explosion of curled biot feathers by British milliner Katie Vale

For our dear gents, a beaver felt trilby in the most handsome deep teal by Danish brand Hornskov København
Statement wide brimmed hat in vibrant woven buntal and crin with fringes by US milliner Amy Fowler
Romantic straw picture hat covered in layered rings of pastel crin by British brand Lomax & Skinner
Wonderful 1940s inspired natural straw bandeau with crimson feather flowers by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Black fabric-covered mushroom brimmed statement hat trimmed with handmade wire sculptures adorned with lace by Australian milliner Souri Sengdara

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A better look at “The Enchantress”. She’s a Dior-inspired design consisting of a fabric covered sinamay brim and a sculpture made from metres and metres of hand wrapped wire which was twisted into shape then adorned with French lace. I was after a classic look with a contemporary twist with this design. It’s taken many hours and patience to create, as with all great designs! At times I was frustrated, which meant that I had to walk away from it for a few days and approach it again with a fresh mind. Thankfully my creative juices flowed again and I was able to achieve something I’m really proud of. Creating millinery at the moment is a form of meditation for me. I’m creating works of art which is so satisfying! This creation was spurred on by @torbandreinermillinerysupplies and @hat_blocks_australia for their #backyardascot challenge. Hope it inspires you to create as well 🖤#millinery #milliner #millinerycouture #hat #diorstyle #design #designerhat #designer #racewear #racingfashion #designinspiration #black #fashion #fashionstyle #portrait #creative

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Stephen Jones’ characteristically out-of-the-box take on a classic ecru boater hat
Oversize scarlet straw disc with looped bows, feathers and magenta roses by French brand A Hat at Auteuil
Charming grey straw cloche with black ribbon binding and lace applique by German brand Maliné
A very whimsical and sunny green and yellow daffodil headpiece by UK milliner Marie-anne Talbott
Pyramid-peaked pillbox in black parasisal straw by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Ivory straw brimmed hat with the most fantastic woven ribbon trim by British milliner Bundle MacLaren

Such a fun headpiece of magenta, turquoise and yellow silk ranunculus flowers by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Shallow-crowned bridal hat with ethereal overlay of white crin and silver veil by London-based milliner Elena Shvab
Chic black and white woven straw hat with slim hatband by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Parasisal button percher with soaring jinsin trim in the loveliest shade of lilac by UK brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Oversize vibrant yellow straw saucer with flying silk abaca bow and jeweled trim by Irish milliner Caithriona King
Textured mini top hat percher in woven grosgrain and rubber by British milliner Stephen Jones

Two new photos of wee Prince Charles and his doting parents released by the Cour grand-ducale Luxembourg
Arthur Chatto is part of a 4-man rookie rowing team attempting to row non-stop unsupported around the UK (breaking 4 world records in the process) to raise money and awareness for JustOneOcean and the Red Cross. Off to a rough start, they seem to be back on track- read more info and track their progress here or at Arthur’s instagram page.
Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a lively Zoom conversation with those serving in the armed forces, including Able Rate Sophie Levy on RFA Argus and Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens.
Lovely, relaxed photos of the Princess Royal, taken for her 70th birthday
The Dutch royal family welcomed photographers to Palace Huis ten Bosch yesterday for their annual summer photocall; Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit did the same with their family while at their summer vacation home on the island of Dvergsoya near Kristiansand.

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An exhibition of Princess Benedikte’s dresses created by Danish designer Jørgen Bender from 1968 to 1999 opened at the Amalienborg Museum last weekend. The collection includes 21 items including Princess Benedikte’s wedding dress and a day dress (I think the one she wore to the Greek royal wedding in 1995) with matching hat. You can see the collection at the link below.

Princess Beatrice’s wedding plans were not the only ones derailed by then pandemic- Princess Raiyah of Jordan (youngest child of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor) was scheduled to marry British journalist Ned Donovan in Jordan in April. The couple was quietly married in the UK this week with a celebration planned in Jordan when public health safety allows.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Such a pretty ivory straw sidesweep saucer with crescent of pink blooms by London- based milliner Merve Bayindir
Vibrant orange felt pillbox with ombre striped pink statement bow by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Almond straw bandeau with neutral hued leather flowers and cut leaves by Australian brand Ebella Millinery
Grass green straw button percher with straw layered ruffle by British brand All Dunn Up
Classic and elegant ivory straw boater hat with black leather rosette by British milliner Rose Collins
Punchy magenta and black straw cloche with marvelous beaded trim by Australian milliner Louse Macdonald

Glamorous pearl trimmed percher and bandeau with statement roses by Irish brand Marc Millinery
The most charming pink and green wool tartan cloche with side pleats by British milliner Anna Chocola
For our dear gents, a sharp white straw fedora with summery green & blue striped hatband from UK brand Cheeky Hats
Graphic magenta and white straw boater with patterned brim by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Casual natural straw trilby woven with vibrant chevron pinstripes by British milliner Jess Collett
Pale green disc with glass-like floral trim made from recycled soda bottles by London-based milliner Maria Zherebtsova

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Here to lazy, sunny Sundays by the water! ⛵️ 🌊 “Waterlilies” hat from the 2018 collection “Frida” which uses recycled plastic bottles from popular soft drinks and creates ornate delicate and glass-like flowers. With the whole collection and with my millinery I try to draw attention to issues of overconsumption and plastic pollution, by offering a more sustainable and cherished alternatives. I am not a big soda drinker, so when I was working on this collection I literally would follow people on the street if I saw an empty bottle in their hand and ask if I could have it. In majority of cases people admitted that they would not even recycle it... Change-making can start with each one of us. In the same way how you can make a conscious choice to recycle and buy less, you can also make a choice to buy from smaller and local designers! I actually wore this hat for #royalascot that year, and it definitely would not be out of place on any of the racing tracks, including the #epsomraces happenings now! Waterlillies ©️ 📸 @juliaflitphotography #hats_bymaria #millinery #millinerycouture #bespokehat #britishmilkiner #sustainablefashion #plasticflowers #reducereuserecycle #wthicalfashion #epsomderby #henleyregatta #summerhat #occasionhat #weddinghat #plasticflower

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Luscious watermelon pink straw beret percher with bow by Australian milliner Lauren J Ritchie
Dramatic brim shape on this natural straw design with flowers by German brand Malinè
Lovely feather and beadwork on this autumnal hued bandeau by Ghanan brand Florey Millinery
Champagne parisisal pillbox with cloud of dotted veil by London based milliner Nora De la Quintana
Sensational black lace covered bergère with silk ribbon tie by British milliner Justine Bradley Hill
Straw design with triple layered brim in lovely shades of green by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Blush straw oversize disc with exquisite magnolia flowers by Australian milliner Tracy Mackinnon